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Death of a purist or how Dutch appeared to be a dangerous mother tongue

Camiel HamansUniversity of Amsterdam/Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań 27 June 1668, the Amsterdam prosecutor demanded a remarkable punishment: the accused should be displayed on the scaffold, his right thumb should be cut off, his tongue should be pierced with a glowing

Posted in 17th century, Article, History, Netherlands

Galant grammarians: Donneau de Visé’s Mercure galant

Doyle Calhoun Yale University (Department of French) What was the Mercure galant and why should it interest historians of linguistics? Founded in 1672 by Jean Donneau de Visé (1638–1710) — journalist and royal historiographer under Louis XIV — the bestselling

Posted in 17th century, 18th century, Article, Grammars

Une bonne langue pour chanter ? Réflexions sur les caractéristiques phonétiques des langues et sur le chant baroque

Claudia Schweitzer Histoire des Théories Linguistiques, CNRS, Université de Paris Dans sa Lettre sur la musique française (1753 : 91), Rousseau déclare « qu’il n’y a ni mesure ni mélodie dans la Musique Française, parce que la langue n’en est pas

Posted in 17th century, 18th century, Article, Europe, Uncategorized

Spanish language in Portuguese texts (16th to 19th centuries)

Sónia Duarte Centro de Linguística da Universidade do Porto Despite the geographic and linguistic proximity between Spain and Portugal, the first Spanish grammar to be printed in Portugal and for Portuguese native speakers only dates back to 1848, as explored

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Translator proditor. The affirmation of the authorial voice in Matías Ruiz Blanco.

Roxana Sarion University of Tromsø, Norway Matías Ruíz Blanco (1643-1705/1708?) was a Franciscan friar who served as a missionary, historian and linguist in colonial Venezuela. Born in the village of Estepa in the Spanish region of Andalusia, he was devoted

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Posted in 17th century, America, Article, Grammars, History, Linguistics, Missionary Linguistics

Translation as a search for divine meanings: Fray Francisco Blancas de San José and his grammar of the Tagalog language

Marlon James SALES Monash University The pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in January 2015, which gathered the biggest crowd ever assembled for a Papal event in history, has put to fore the nexus between translation and religion in

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Posted in 17th century, Article, History, Missionary Linguistics, Philippines, Translation

Examining material aspects of manuscripts. Part II: Bindings and provenance

Anna Pytlowany University of Amsterdam This is Part II of a series. Part I is here. At first glance, the history of Dutch East India Company (VOC) linguistics is simply a history of texts. Published or not, edited, translated, or

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‘You don’t see what you don’t know’: examining material aspects of manuscripts (Part I)

Anna Pytlowany University of Amsterdam Part one: Paper, ink, watermarks My interest in manuscripts as material objects was sparked when I started my PhD research into the history of Dutch descriptive linguistics. Ultimately, I want to create a virtual digital

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Posted in 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Article, Europe, History, Netherlands

New dating of the Iloko manuscript lexicography

Rebeca Fernández Rodríguez Centro de Estudos em Letras (CEL) Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) Missionary lexicography in the Philippines is extensive and exhaustive. Dozens of grammars and vocabularies have been written since the Spanish arrival in the Philippines

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Posted in 17th century, 18th century, Article, Europe, Field linguistics, Lexicography, Linguistics, Philippines

Teaching language to a boy born deaf in the seventeenth century: the Holder-Wallis debate

Jaap Maat University of Amsterdam 1. The Popham notebook In the summer of 2008, a leather-bound booklet attracted the attention of a member of staff of Warner Leisure Hotels in Littlecote House, near Hungerford, Wiltshire, UK. It looked old, and

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